Today's How To's: motivate employees, control your attention and do better work.
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TUESDAY 19 NOV 2019 | EDITION 41
Did you know that Dutch women in the 16th century were weighed to see if they were witches? Everybody knows that witches fly around on broomsticks, so women were made to stand on scales to check whether they were light enough to defy gravity. They never found any women who fit the criteria, but if you suspect you might be a witch, visit the town of Oudewater where they still have a fully-functioning “witch weighhouse.”
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INDISTRACTABLE

INDISTRACTABLE

How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

There are endless apps, news sites, and social media platforms all desperate for your eyeballs, and nobody knows this better than author Nir Eyal. He worked for years as a behavioral engineer at Facebook, and now his latest book gives readers the inside scoop on how to overcome the distractions of modern life and get rid of your digital clutter.

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TO DO BETTER WORK, CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT

TO DO BETTER WORK, CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT

4-minute read | Forge

Feeling uninspired with your work? The problem may simply be that you’re doing it in the wrong place. A change of scenery can be the difference between staring at a blank screen for hours or finally making that breakthrough you’ve been looking for. This article argues that physical environments and human productivity go hand in hand.

HOW TO MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES? DON’T.

HOW TO MOTIVATE EMPLOYEES? DON’T.

7-minute read | Know Your Team

Getting a team motivated and productive can be one of the biggest challenges business leaders and managers deal with in the workplace. In fact, research shows that just 2 in every 10 employees feel motivated at work. This article offers 6 valuable tips on getting the best out of teams without undermining their intrinsic motivation.

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Catherine Price
Catherine Price is an award-winning science journalist, speaker, consultant, and author of How to Break Up With Your Phone. Catherine's company Screen/Life Balance is aimed at designing a life where you have control over the technology you use, creating a balance. Catherine was a short stay resident at Zoku Amsterdam for a few nights when attending The Next Web conference in Amsterdam.

What path has your career taken?
My career has gone in directions I never could have anticipated when I started out! I adhere to what a professor of mine called "creative drift": do your absolute best at whatever it is you're doing, and be open to opportunities as they arise.
How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam and what were your thoughts?
I stayed at Zoku Amsterdam for three nights, and left completely inspired. I want there to be a Zoku in my own city! (Philadelphia) I'm also curious as to what, exactly, I was supposed to do with the gymnastics rings.

What’s a life-changing book, song, film or event you’d like to recommend to others?
Well, this is somewhat biased, since I wrote it, but I've been very inspired by my own book, How to Break Up With Your Phone. It's all about creating a healthier relationship with your devices, and the process of writing it has truly changed my life.

What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Keep the faith! Try to spend less time doubting yourself; it'll all work out.

What does home mean to you?
A place where I feel safe, loved, secure and connected.

Which book have you gifted the most, and why?
This is going to sound strange, coming from an author, but the book I give the most frequently is actually blank. When my husband and I got married, his sister gave us a set of blank journals with simple instructions: every year on our anniversary, we were to write a letter to each other reflecting on the past 12 months. We've done so, and the journals are now two of our most valued possessions. So whenever a friend gets married, we carry the tradition forward by giving them their own set of blank books.

FOR YOUR AGENDA...
Get cosied up with the jazzy sounds of Winter and a tasty beer!
Fri 22 Nov, 18.00 - 22.30 | Zoku Amsterdam
Expect an evening of stimulating stories, talks and ideas around the theme Humanity.
Wed 27 Nov 20.00 | De Duif, Amsterdam
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